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Envirosystems has won a share of Defra’s highly competitive £5 million Farming Innovation Pathways (FIP) research funding to help the industry move towards net zero emissions.

The Lancashire based SME has partnered with Myerscough College for an 18-month lab-to-field feasibility project, which started in August 2021. The aim of this collaboration is to deliver a unique bacterial approach to mitigating slurry ammonia emissions and enhancing slurry fertiliser value.

Head of Research at Envirosystems, Dr David Townsend, says:

“This project allows us to combine our 20 years’ experience providing SlurryBugs® slurry inoculant to the industry with advances in technology to develop a new cost-effective option for reducing slurry ammonia emissions and bought-in synthetic fertiliser costs for farmers.

“Traditional approaches of capping or acidifying slurry to reduce ammonia emissions can have detrimental impacts on microbiological populations and lead to over acidification of soils. Our proposed solution takes a more holistic approach to this growing issue and provides a more cost-effective and sustainable approach than covering slurry stores.”

Operations Director at Envirosystems, Dr Henry Russell, adds:

“Our solution will have clear advantages over alternative strategies, both currently on the market and those recommended by DEFRA. Harnessing an existing biochemical pathway in slurry will allow wide adoption and application to any farm, regardless of their slurry system.

“We look forward to proving this technology on farms and then, once the project is completed in early 2023, rolling it out to the wider market.”

The FIP funding is delivered through UK Research and Innovation’s Transforming Food Production programme, in partnership with Defra. The project will also produce wider human health benefits through improved air quality and environmental benefits to ecosystems affected by excess ammonia emissions.

UKRI Challenge Director for the TFP challenge, Katrina Hayter, said:

“As the UK gets ready to host COP26 in November, it is timely that we can unveil so many great projects in the vital area of agriculture that will help meet our net zero goals. Working closely with farmers in the innovation process means that pressing challenges are identified. Solving these challenges will result in maximising productivity, reducing emissions, and making our farms more resilient and sustainable.”

For more information, please contact Dr David Townsend at Envirosystems UK Ltd on 01772 860085.

For further information on the projects visit the UKRI newspage here and Gov.uk here.